Saturday, April 1, 2017

Cherry Blossoms 2017

My mother-in-law, sister-in-law and nephews came for a visit, so we decided to go catch the cherry blossoms while they are still in peak! As usual, they did not disappoint. Seeing them is one of my all time favorite things to do every year and I haven't missed a year since we moved here 6 years ago! This year was extra special because we had our sweet baby girl Emilia with us. As our family grows, these traditions become more and more special. The wind was blowing the pale pink blossoms around and I was watching my babies play and feeling like the luckiest girl on the planet. The temperature was perfect and I packed a little picnic for us to enjoy before we headed to lunch. 

Past years can be seen here and here

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Emilia's "Monet's Garden" Nursery

My inspiration for Emilia’s nursery came five years ago while in Paris. On our third day, we enjoyed croque monsieur and wine at a nearby park before visiting the Musee de I’Orangerie on the Seine River. Claude Monet’s water lilies were featured there and at that point, I turned to my husband and said, “This will be our daughter’s nursery some day.” 

2012 Flashback: Here is that very Facebook post:
Fast forward four years later and dreams do come true! As soon as I found out we were blessed with a little girl, the nursery preparation was off to a fast start. I wanted to make it as feminine and serene as possible.
We featured two Monet prints, “The Artist’s Garden” and “The Japanese Bridge,” to pull in the theme, and I went with the grayish lavender for the wall color (Behr’s Satire) as a backdrop. My overall color scheme was gray, white and lavender with pops of everything else.
I used some inexpensive shelves to place some of my favorite items on them as part of the gallery wall.
My talented sister-in-law designed the floral mobile for my baby sprinkle, and it tied the room together perfectly.
I selected DaVinci’s Lila Crib in (slate with pebble gray fabric) because I love the upholstered side panels and the colors worked perfectly in the space.

My advice when designing a nursery would be to do what you love. Pick a theme and go with it. Start out with the furniture and some great artwork, and the rest will just fall into place! Hope you all enjoyed the tour!
Photography by SC Smiles Photography
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Emilia Reh's FIRST Christmas

The amazing One Summer Day does it again! Tara and her husband Gabe are beyond talented and I'm in love with their work. They have become our trusted family photographer over the years and they never disappoint.  Their other work can be seen here, here, here and here.  For Emilia's first Christmas we headed over to Alexandria to do a little Old Town photo shoot. Here are some of our favorites!! 
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Emilia Reh-A Birth Story

Emilia Reh was born on October 5th, 2016 weighing in a 8lb. 1oz. and 21 3/4 inches. She has beautiful big blue eyes, a button nose and heart shaped lips! She is absolutely perfect and  I feel like our family is complete with her in it. 

I went to my 39 week check up on Monday, Oct. 3rd, (5 days before Emilia's due date) and was diagnosed as high risk due to the fact my amniotic fluid was low. I agreed that we should deliver as soon as possible and called my husband to say, "Today's the day honey, let's go have a baby!" We packed up our bags, kissed Austin goodbye and headed to the hospital around 7:00pm on Monday to start the induction. Little did we know, we would be in the hospital for 4 nights. It was another grueling induction – 48 hours!  I went through two courses of Pitocin interceded by a course of Cytotec.  Finally, on the second course of Pitocin, serious contractions kicked in and I turned the corner! I elected to have Epidural, which was initiated within an hour or so of heavy contractions.  Similar to Austin’s birth, I was uncomfortable with the “dead leg” feeling and had them discontinue the epidural. Three hours later she came which meant Emilia’s delivery was done almost drug free.

I labored for several hours and Emilia was OP (face up).  Finally, her head popped out and we saw her beautiful face for the first time.  Unaware of the situation at the time, we later learned that the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck twice!  It took several moments for Emilia to take her first breath, much the result of the quick action of the midwife stimulating her.  

We spent another two days in postpartum bonding with our new little miracle and then came home to big brother and Grandma.   

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